Pictures are not the actual car and serve just as an example! The car is currently being restored and is expected to be finished spring 2023.
For 1967, Porsche offered a new variant of the original, short wheelbase 911. The Targa - named for the celebrated Sicilian road race, incorporated a stainless steel roll bar, removable roof panel, and foldaway plastic rear window in the earliest examples. On the earliest versions of the Targa, the center section was fabric stretched over a folding frame, and the rear was a zip-out panel incorporating a clear plastic window. These became known as “Soft-Window” Targas. Eventually, a large, heated, fixed glass rear window replaced the zip-out panel. By 1970, Targas made up a third of 911 sales.
1968 brought other important changes to all new cars sold in the United States. Federal safety requirements now mandated front and rear side marker reflectors, new exterior door handles, black-painted windshield wiper arms that now parked on the left side, white rather than green numerals on the dashboard instruments, wider wheels, dual-circuit braking, and under the engine lid, new emissions equipment including an air-pump for exhaust gas recirculation.
One of 121 believed built for the 1968 model year, this 911 L Soft-Window Targa was completed on July 26, 1968, and finished in Irish Green over a black leatherette interior. Per its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, it left the factory destined for the PoAC, N.J. A Webasto Heater was later installed, most likely by the selling dealer.
While little is known about the car’s earliest history, it is understood to have passed through several ownerships before being acquired around 2005 by a Porsche enthusiast and collector from Belgium. His plan was to restore the car but due to several other restoration projects going on, the car was never completed. The matching engine and gearbox were fully restored and completed so the car was running but far from finished. End of 2022 we then bought the car and started restoration.
The handsome interior is highlighted by a brushed-aluminum strip across the dashboard and a stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Soft-Window Targa models are collectible as they are from the first generation of 911 Targa design. Supplied with its date stamped spare wheels, Porsche Certificate, original toolbag and jack the car on offer is a very well-restored and well-kept example of Porsche’s uncommon Soft-Window Targa model in rare 1968 “L” trim. These cars have the benefit of a virtually open car, higher performance and more luxurious appointments – what could be better?
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